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Photoshop Power Zoom

Always picking up new tricks. Even something as simple as zooming in and out.

I don’t know what the official name is, but InDesign calls it Power Zoom, taking the place of the defunct Navigator Panel. Once activated, Photoshop will zoom out to a bird’s eye view of your image, and you can drag a highlighted rectangle over the entire image to determine where you want to zoom back in. To try this, do the following

  • In your photoshop file, zoom in to a high percentage
  • Press the [H] key and hold the key. This won’t work if you just select the hand tool.
  • Click the mouse to zoom out to the full image.
  • A marquee will be displayed that corresponds to your zoom. Move the marquee to the area you want to zoom into.
  • When you let go of the mouse, you’ll zoom back in.
  • While you have the marquee, you can’t use your arrow keys to change the size of the marquee (change the zoom percentage) like you can with InDesign. Too bad!
  • Oh, and you also need a decent enough video card to do this.
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  1. 2011/11/02 at 11:29 am

    Thanks. This is so great! Keep these tricks coming!

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